Jose Aldo, arguably the greatest featherweight of all-time is back in action this weekend at UFC 237. The former champion is set to take on Alexander Volkanovski in what could be a number one contender fight.
Speaking to Combate ahead of this fight, Aldo explained what he hopes to accomplish between now and the end of his UFC run. Where the former champion wants to get his belt back as well as end with a super fight.
“First of all, I have to win on Saturday, I have to respect my opponent,” Aldo said (transcription via Bloody Elbow). “I have multiple scenarios in my head. If I’m in the UFC, I’ll always pursue the belt. That’s what it was like in the WEC, it’s not any different in the UFC. I like to look at some champions as role models. I saw Georges St-Pierre quitting when he was in his prime. It was always a dream of mine to become a champion and then stop. Everything can change. First, we need to focus on the task at hand, win and then see if I’ll fight for the belt or do a super fight. One thing is for sure, I don’t see myself fighting for many more years, like other fighters. I’m preparing myself not to go down that path.”
To do so, Aldo will need to beat Volkanovski on Saturday night which he is more than confident in doing.
“My camp was basically the same. I always look to evolve. I might be quicker and more explosive than in the other fights. It’s a three-round fight, so you can more intense, because it’ll end sooner.” Aldo said. ‘He’s (Volkanovski) always coming at you, he looks for the fight, he throws his overhand right, that’s one of his strong suits, but it could also be a weakness. We can work with that. I trained a lot, I believe my gameplan and I know it will work.”
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